The Sapulpa Lions Club held its annual Chili and Bean Dinner, January 30th, at the First Baptist Church. The Lions Club members prepared home-style beans and chili recipes that they have been cooking for dinners since 1952.
For a mere $8, patrons could eat all they wanted of chili and four kinds of beans, as well as cornbread, coleslaw, tea, coffee, and buttermilk. Lion Kirk Bargis said that as of 1:30 p.m., they had served 225 people.
Middle and high school students from the Oklahoma School for the Blind in Muskogee, helped serve from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. OSB started volunteering for this fundraiser in 2011. The Lions Club members served from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The money raised by the Bean Dinner benefits OSB-sponsored events such as Cane Quest and Braille Challenge.
Lions Club International is the largest volunteer service organization in the world, boasting 1,700,000 members. The Lions have raised more than $415,000,000 to provide surgeries, improve hundreds of eye-care facilities, and train thousands of eye-care professionals.
The Lions SightFirst program builds comprehensive eye-care systems to fight the major causes of blindness, and care for blind and visually-impaired people.
The Sapulpa Lions Club has a special camera that allows them to do eye screenings. They have screened students at Sapulpa Public Schools and are available to screen others.